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Road trips from Melbourne

Drive through Victoria's most beautiful landscapes with these 1-10 day long trips starting from Melbourne.

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Find yourself off the beaten track cruising through mountains and valleys or along the coast with our five handpicked Melbourne road trip itinerary recommendations. They're guaranteed to show you the top scenery in Victoria.

Keep reading to find activities plus hotel options for the ultimate quick and easy holiday.

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Recommended road trips from Melbourne by length

One-day Black Spur itinerary

Itinerary overview

  • Distance: 200km, round trip
  • Highlights and attractions: Healesville Sanctuary Wildlife Park, Buxton Bridge, Yarra Valley
  • Landscape: Rainforest and mountain
  • Recommended vehicle: Medium car
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Day 1

Distance: 200km, round trip

Approx. drive time: 3.5 hours

Melbourne to Black Spur and Marysville, return


1 day Bunurong Coastal Drive itinerary

Itinerary overview

    • Distance: 306km, round trip
    • Highlights and attractions: Cape Paterson, Inverloch and Eagles' nest
    • Landscape: Coastal
    • Recommended vehicle type: Economy cars

DayItinerary
Day 1

Distance: 306 km, round trip

Approx. drive time: 4 hours

Melbourne to Inverloch, return

 


Two-day Grand Ridge Road itinerary

Itinerary overview

    • Distance: 555km/8 hours 10 minutes, round trip
    • Highlights and attractions: Strzelecki Ranges, Mount Baw Baw, Tarra Bulga National Park
    • Landscape: Mountains and forest
    • Recommended vehicle type: Medium cars and 4WD

DayItinerary
Day 1

Distance: 256km

Approx. drive time: 4 hours

Melbourne to Mount Baw Baw

Day 2

Distance: 299km

Approx. drive time: 4 hours and 10 minutes

Mount Baw Baw to Melbourne

Walhalla’s Star Hotel

Walhalla’s Star Hotel from Finder Hotels

Spend the evening in Mount Baw Baw.

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Four-day Great Alpine Road itinerary

Itinerary overview

    • Distance: 1,060km/15 hours 12 minutes, round trip
    • Highlights and attractions: Beechworth, Chiltern, Mount Buffalo National Park, The Horn, Mount Kosciuszko (view), Gippsland Lakes
    • Landscape: Mountains, forests and lakes
    • Recommended vehicle type: SUVs, 4WDs and campervans

DayItinerary
Day 1

Distance: 289km

Approx. drive time: 3 hours and 11 minutes

Wangaratta to Beechworth

Day 2

Distance: 210km

Approx. drive time: 4 hours

Beechworth to Dinner Plain

Day 3

Distance: 165 km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours and 10 minutes

Dinner Plain to Metung

Day 4

Distance: 396km

Approx. drive time: 5 hours and 50 minutes

Metung to Melbourne


10-day Great Ocean Road itinerary (Melbourne to Adelaide)

Itinerary overview

    • Distance: 1,638km/23.5 hours, round trip
    • Highlights and attractions: Cape Otway National Park, 12 Apostles, Grampians National Park and Kangaroo Island
    • Landscape: Coast, forest, mountain and lake
    • Recommended vehicle type: Medium-sized vehicles, SUVs and campervans

DayItinerary
Day 1

Distance: 142km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours

Melbourne to Lorne

Day 2

Distance: 103km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours

Lorne to Apollo Bay

Day 3

Distance: 187km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Apollo Bay to Port Fairy

Day 4-5

Distance: 176km

Approx. drive time: 2.5 hours (varies depending on which attractions visited)

Port Fairy to Grampians National Park

Day 6

Distance: 203km

Approx. drive time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Grampians National Park to Mount Gambier

Day 7

Distance: 454km

Approx. drive time: 5 hours

Mount Gambier to Victor Harbor

Day 8-9

Distance: 163km

Approx. drive time: 3 hours

Victor Harbor to Kangaroo Island

Day 10

Distance: 210km

Approx. drive time: 3 hours, 40 minutes

Kangaroo Island to Adelaide

Grampians National Park: The Grampians Motel and The Views Bar & Restaurant
Grampians National Park: The Grampians Motel and The Views Bar & Restaurant

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Mount Gambier: Best Western Southgate Motel
Mount Gambier: Best Western Southgate Motel

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Victor Harbor: Anchorage Seafront Hotel
Victor Harbor: Anchorage Seafront Hotel

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Destination overview

  • Weather: Melbourne boasts four seasons, but it's renowned for dramatic weather changes during the day, so pack for all weather types.
  • Best time to visit: The off-season months between March and March are often blessed with dry and cool weather.
  • Recommended car type: Melbourne's tourist driving routes are generally on paved, sealed roads suitable for economy or standard-sized vehicles and above.

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